Summer biology on the beach

AN initiative led by Jersey Marine Conservation will see children exploring and learning more about the Island’s wetland sites and inter-tidal areas in this year’s Bioblitz education programme.

Acorn group on a Bioblitz outing last year. Picture Jersey Marine Conservation 

Kevin at the Jersey Marine Conservation has confirmed he’s happy for the photos – he took them himself
Acorn group on a Bioblitz outing last year. Picture Jersey Marine Conservation Kevin at the Jersey Marine Conservation has confirmed he’s happy for the photos – he took them himself

Under the auspices of the Butterfield Marine Watch, the aim of the programme is to educate young people about the precious local marine environment. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have taken into account social-distancing requirements and adapted plans to ensure young people do not miss out on the learning experience.

Throughout the summer term primary schools will have the chance to discover and learn about the marine creatures that live in Jersey’s inter-tidal ecosystem and the role they play in reducing carbon. The specially selected Bioblitz sites include Le Hocq, La Rocque and Elizabeth Castle causeway.

School groups can book one-hour slots for each class and teachers can decide on the assignment for their students. Everyone who completes the route will be awarded the Butterfield Marine Watch certificate.

‘The Bioblitz will be a great opportunity to raise awareness about marine conservation and engage Jersey’s young people in a practical, hands-on way,’ said Kevin McIlwee, chairman of Jersey Marine Conservation. ‘We’ve trialled the route already and the model we’ve adopted is the safest way to ensure social distancing. We hope that schools will be keen to take part and learn more about our rich and diverse marine life.’

Noel McLaughlin, managing director of Butterfield Bank (Jersey), added: ‘We are proud to continue to support Jersey Marine Conservation and look forward to the Bioblitz programme in the summer. Living in an island, we recognise the importance of conserving our marine habitats and raising their profile. With climate change and environmental factors threatening their survival, it’s more important than ever to ensure we educate future generations about Jersey’s marine and inter-tidal creatures.’

lFor more information on the Bioblitz programme and how to book, visit jerseymarineconservation.org/contact-us.

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